"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity." Albert Camus, French author, journalist, philosopher, and recipient of the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature (1913-1960)
A quality of life for society and nature requires ethical standards that can embrace both. A relevant ethics to consider and include is an "Ethics of Care."
In brief, according to an Ethics of Care, an action is right if it is based on empathy, harmonious and healthy relationships, and care for one another. This includes avoiding doing any harm. Care means viewing all living beings as having worth in themselves, apart from their value of giving pleasure or entertainment for others. It also includes a commitment to helping others to grow, flourish, and realize themselves. This means avoiding giving them obstacles or trying to manipulate them in any way. Moreover, it embraces a willingness to cherish others in the hope that they will grow in ways, which are best for them.
An Ethics of Care is based on the value that everyone needs care, nurturing, and love. People are perceived as interdependent, interconnected, and needing each other. In this perspective, it becomes an ethical issue when the responsibilities in a relationship are not fulfilled. This is a contrast to other reductionist and rational ethical perspectives where it is an ethical issue when one is not respecting individual rights or principles. In the latter theories, people are seen as independent, self sufficient individuals who are competing for limited resources. Such kinds of ethics encourage control, domination, violence, and ultimately destruction of "the other." Hence, an Ethics of Care is taking a feminist, cooperative, and social yin stance, while most other ethical theories are masculine, based on competition, and individual yang approaches.
Importantly, and as a consequence of embracing the yin energy, an Ethics of Care does not only include care for human relationships and society, it also cares about animals, plants, and nature in general. Most reductionist ethical theories are yang oriented and therefore unable to include concern for nature.
Without going into complicated ethical details, it is sufficient to conclude that we need balanced, holistic, all-inclusive, but culturally diverse, social and environmental ethical schemes. In the search and development of such ethical models, it is relevant to include the feminine, yin values embraced by an Ethics of Care.